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Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered review: A forgotten gem reborn

Four years after its original release on Xbox 360, Assassin's Creed Rogue has been remastered on the Xbox One.

Between its exclusive release on last-gen consoles in 2014 (a full year after the release of the Xbox One) and the fact it came out alongside Assassin's Creed Unity, a game with significantly more marketing, Assassin's Creed Rogue is a title that many gamers didn't even know existed. Despite an excellent story and solid mechanics, Rogue ultimately wasn't as successful as it could have been.

The remastered edition that recently released for Xbox One gives the game another opportunity to shine. While the graphics sadly aren't anything to rave about, the qualities that made the original great are still here, and thus the game is as good now as it was then.

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Story: From Assassin to Templar

Assassin's Creed follows the story of Shay, an Assassin in New York during the events of the French and Indian War. Forced to betray his own brotherhood in order to prevent further catastrophe from happening, Shay ultimately is left with no choice but to turn his back on the Assassins. He then finds himself in the company of the Templars, the sworn enemy of his previous order, and unlike other games in the series, we get to see this conflict from the other side of things.

What makes Rogue's story so great is that the struggle between the Assassin and Templar orders are seen in a much more gray light. Previously, Assassins were the undisputed "good guys" and the Templars were the "bad guys". Not anymore; though Rogue won't convince you that the Templars are who you should root for, it will show you the issues that the Assassins are plagued with, such as corruption and hypocrisy.

Gameplay: A reminder of the roots

As it first came out before Assassin's Creed Origins, the title that revamped the series' formula, Rogue is built on classic Assassin's Creed principles: stealth, parkour movement, collectible-hunting, and (as a last result) direct combat. Thus, the gameplay isn't fresh, but that doesn't mean it's dated, either. The original structure of the gameplay in these games works well, and if you don't mind going back to the franchise's roots you'll love Rogue's style.

In addition, there's also more of the infamous naval combat that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was universally praised for. Again, there's little in the name of new features here, but what's there is tried and true. If you're looking to sail the open seas, then Rogue has plenty of opportunities just for you.

Presentation and performance: Good, not great

Seeing as it's a remastered game, I was excited to see how good Ubisoft ended up making Rogue look on the Xbox One. Unfortunately, the excitement was let down by the fact that Rogue only looks slightly better than the original Xbox 360 version. Considering the recent Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection was also underwhelming, I should have seen it coming. Regardless, it's still disappointing to see. It's less a remaster and more of a simple port.

On a more positive note, though, the remaster runs excellent on the Xbox One. There's not a single issue I experienced in my time playing, and this is a massive improvement over the first release, which often struggled to maintain stable framerates on the Xbox 360.

Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered conclusion

Though it fails to satisfyingly remaster the game's visuals, Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered nevertheless brings the original game to the Xbox One with perfect performance and every feature that made it great in the first place.

Pros:

  • Excellent story.
  • Solid gameplay.
  • Amazing performance.

Cons:

  • Disappointing graphics for a "remaster."

Assassin's Creed Rogue Remastered is available on Xbox One for $29.99.

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This review was conducted on an Xbox One, using a copy provided by the publisher.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

15 Comments
  • I don't get all the critique for Rogue. Rogue on current-gen consoles vs last-gen consoles is quite a visual uplift on all fronts. It's a remaster, not a remake. What did most people expect, Rogue to have Origins, Syndicate, Unity or Black Flag visuals from current-gen? They already made it look much better than it did on X360/PS3. It's even better than the PC version in parts. Overall, it's a great remaster and a great improvement over the original.
  • Remaster has come to mean modern-day graphics, at least in my experience.
  • A remaster is NOT a rebuild. "re-mastering" means building again based on the original resources (and its limitations).
    I don't know what you were expecting Ubisoft to do but if you were expecting them to go and build new graphics etc, it's your fault for setting yourself up to unrealistic expectations. ;) You should be glad they even bothered making this an Xads One X 4K game. They didn't have any good reason to do it.
  • Halo 2 Anniversary (campaign) does what you describe and is arguably one of the best looking Xbox One experiences to date. And that game was made in 2004. That was a remaster; nothing was "rebuilt" about it, other than a few art changes and sound effects. It used the same engine, same everything. I don't buy this argument. A remaster in my mind is a graphical overhaul to bring a game's visuals to modern standards. This is a slight upgrade, and thus I feel it deserves some points knocked off. I don't believe it deserves the title of remaster.
  • Halo 2 has "arguably" one of the best looking Xbox One experiences? It must be exhausting arguing with the entire rest of the gaming community combined.
  • My dude, go play the Master Chief Collection and Halo 2 Anniversary and tell me it's not gorgeous.
  • Eh, so now there is a trend of porting and upscaling last-gen games and calling them 'remasters'. Yaaay. I wish we were given more quality remasters, from PS2 era or older. Dreaming of Spyro, Gothic I+II, KOTOR, maybe even Burnout 2...
    At least this one is almost reasonably priced.
  • Rogue Remaster is not an upscale and it's not just an uprez. There are quite a lot of improvements over the original release on last-gen
  • Yeah it's disappointing, but at least it still looks fairly good.
  • Is there any change in story?
    I have already played previous version, so just asking.
  • It sounds like this one is meant for people who never got to play it originally on last-gen consoles. Mostly just visual upgrades made during remastering for current gen. If you've played it before I would probably pass, unless you really liked it :)
  • I decide to pass it on and think to purchase DB FighterZ( just thinking 😊 ).
  • Nop. It's exactly the same game. If you already played it, there's no reason to get this. Unless you actually really liked the game (I did get Black Flag on the PS3...and on the PS4, XBone and PC lol)
  • Okay.
    I also found this part had least number of missions after AC Liberations.
    I had played it just to compete the AC's storyline in chronological order. 😊 // But I still love AC 2 the most 😍
  • Looking forward to play this.